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Atypical Mole

The Art and Science of Beautiful Skin.

Atypical Mole

The Art and Science of Beautiful Skin.

GENERAL

Atypical Mole

Most people have moles that are raised bumps. Atypical moles are different from the garden variety mole. They are often flat, larger than a pencil eraser, have a non-round, irregular shape and may contain more than one color, including tans, browns, reds and pinks.

Atypical moles can be a precursor to melanoma and should be monitored for change. The chance for flat moles turning into cancer increases for people with four or more atypical moles, melanoma or a close relative with melanoma.

See our article: What to Look for When Evaluating Skin Moles

For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org/skin-conditions

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